Wednesday, June 26, 2013

le smoking Deauville

Last week Madonna wore one of my favorite looks, a Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. She actually immolated the look Marlene Dietrich wore in the movie Morocco  in 1930... waist coat and all. The word tuxedo is an American, English term, in British, English its called a dinner suit or dinner jacket. The tuxedo is distinguished primarily by satin or grosgrain facing on the lapels and out-seams of trousers.
 Etiquette and sartorial experts have insisted that tuxedo is less correct than dinner jacket, but the first written reference to tuxedo predates (circa 1889) dinner jacket by two years (circa 1891).

In French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian and also other European languages, the jacket is called a smoking. In French the shawl-collared version is le smoking Deauville, while the peaked-lapel version is le smokin sentirent. No matter the name, I enjoy a beautiful tux on a women, especially without anything underneath.